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Black Panthers (1968)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Short | 1968 (France)
A short film of interviews and protests at a rally to free Huey Newton.

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Agnès Varda
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Cast

Credited cast:
H. Rap Brown H. Rap Brown ... Himself
Stokely Carmichael ... Himself
Eldridge Cleaver Eldridge Cleaver ... Himself
Ron Dellums Ron Dellums
James Forman James Forman
Huey P. Newton ... Himself
Bobby Seale ... Himself
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A short film of interviews and protests at a rally to free Huey Newton.

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Black is beautiful! We want to free Huey Newton!

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Documentary | Short

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | USA

Language:

French

Release Date:

1968 (France) See more »

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Huey See more »

Filming Locations:

Oakland, California, USA

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Ciné Tamaris See more »
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Mono

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Color
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Referenced in The Beaches of Agnès (2008) See more »

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Agnès Varda in California
26 April 2019 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Since Agnès Varda died recently, I decided to watch two of her short documentaries filmed in the San Francisco Bay Area. One is "Uncle Yanco", about her relative in Sausalito. But the more important one is "Black Panthers". This half-hour doc focuses on a Black Panther rally in Oakland in August, 1968. The main purpose of the rally is to call for the release of Huey Newton, in jail on charges of killing a cop. But the rally touches on a number of other things: police brutality towards the black community, the Vietnam War, and calls for worldwide unity against imperialism. In fact, one interviewee lays out several demands that the black community is making in its call for justice (freedom, decent housing, well-paying jobs, good education, etc). There's also an interview with Newton in jail, where he details the horrible treatment that he experiences.

Contrary to what a lot of people like to say, the Black Power Movement was not about "hating white people". It was about teaching the black community to defend itself and recognize the beauty in, among other things, natural hair. The Black Lives Matter movement is the heir to this.

Definitely watch this doc.


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